Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I can’t. Seriously, where did 2016 go? And would it possible for it not to end, pretty please? Maybe it could stay 2016 for four more years? Somehow, I don’t think that is possible. 🙁 Regardless, I got you covered when it comes to good eats this Thanksgiving. Well, except when it comes to the turkey. I have turkey fear. It’s a real thing, people!
Some day I will conquer that fear but it won’t be this year. 🙂 In the meantime, I have plenty of yummy appetizers, side dishes, desserts and drinks to round out your Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy!
To keep you hydrated in style.
Caramel Apple Cider
Apple cider is my favorite fall drink. Add some caramel to it to make it over-the-top.
Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Latte
I’m not a big pumpkin fan but this is a really good drink. You can make a big batch for an event and use the leftovers to make french toast.
You gotta have snacks and I have some doozies for you!
Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip
A delicious combination of sweet and tart and it tastes as good as it looks!
A mixture of sausage, garlic, herbs and two kinds of cheese is stuffed into mushrooms in this yummy, classic recipe.
Toffee bits are combined with a sweet, creamy mixture, then paired with crisp, tart apples. You can even pretend it’s good for you!
Spicy Roasted Garlic Spinach Artichoke Dip
Dip your favorite chip in this gooey concoction, full of artichokes, spinach and cheese.
Crab and Artichoke Dip
This is a decadent dip with big chunks of crab, artichokes and two kinds of cheese. If on the off chance you have leftovers, it’s great baked on top of tilapia.
Some great accompaniments for your turkey because let’s be honest: the real stars are the sides, not the bird.
Butternut Squash Bake with Crispy Topping
A family favorite recipe that tastes like dessert but is eaten with the meal. Win-win!
Creamy Sweet Corn
My Mom’s famous corn recipe. Guests would riot if my Mom did not make this.
Dressing is my favorite Thanksgiving side dish and this dressing is amazing. Simple, tasty and made in the crockpot, which gives you some extra space in your oven.
Creamy and dreamy, these mashed potatoes are perfection. The cream cheese, sour cream and butter (lots and lots of butter) make these potatoes pure comfort food. And I am always grateful for a big bowl of these!
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole
The water chestnuts add some extra crunch to a classic Thanksgiving side dish.
Autumn Quinoa Salad
I associate gluttony with Thanksgiving, but this healthy side dish doesn’t taste healthy. It just tastes delicious.
Caramel Apple Pretzel Salad
A new family favorite with crisp apples, caramelized pretzel bits and a whipped cream mixture that combines into the perfect Fall salad.
Butternut Cider Bisque
A sweet and savory soup that makes an excellent starter to your Thanksgiving meal.
Yes, please. I love bread and it is an absolute must on the buffet table.
Light and fluffy, these rolls can be made in advance and frozen to make things a little bit easier on Thanksgiving Day.
Easy Sweet Cornbread
This is a semi-homemade recipe and the cornbread turns out extra tender and sweet. My family loves this cornbread topped with honey butter.
Lemon Cranberry Muffins
Tart cranberries and lemon pair beautifully in these flavorful muffins. Great to serve with the meal or for breakfast.
Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Filling
A flavorful pumpkin bread with a ribbon of cream cheese in the middle makes a tasty and beautiful treat.
My nephews and niece love monkey bread and gobble up this delicious take on it.
Sure, you could serve ready-made jams and jellies but where is the fun in that? This cranberry jam tastes great slathered over a dinner roll.
Lots of lovely desserts to round out your dessert buffet.
Apple Cranberry Crisp
Cranberries add an extra pop to traditional apple crisp.
Apple Crisp with Salted Caramel Sauce
Take a piece of apple crisp, add a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, and then top with salted caramel sauce. Devour. Repeat as needed.
Cinnamon apples on a flaky, buttery crust. Heaven on a plate.
Chocolate Chess Pie
Imagine a fudgey brownie in a pie crust. Yup, you’re there.
Cheesecake Cupcakes with Chocolate Sauce
A traditional cheesecake in cupcake form, which makes it easy to top them in a variety of ways, from chopped candy bars to fruit toppings.
Cranberry Cake with Butter Cream Sauce
A sweet vanilla cake with tart cranberries gets drenched in a rich butter cream sauce.
Lemon Sour Cream Pie
Put a big dollop of whipped cream on top of this lip-puckering lemon custard.
Get Your Feast On
I take the Thanksgiving meal very seriously but I know it can be hectic and stressful. To help out, check it out my 8 tips to hosting a stress-free Thanksgiving. And good luck!